CBJ - August 2012 #05. Judicial Council hires judge as AOC director.


California Bar Journal


CBJ - August 2012 #05.

Judicial Council hires judge as AOC director

The California LawyerAugust 2012Judicial Council hires judge as AOC directorA retired Shasta County jurist has been named the state's new administrative director of the courts, the first judge to hold the position.

Judge Steven Jahr, who spent 22 years on the bench before retiring in 2009, was appointed following a unanimous vote by the Judicial Council at its meeting July 27. He begins his new job Oct. 8.

In a videotaped interview with reporters, Jahr said he would bring judicial experience to what he described as "very challenging times," not only for fiscal reasons. A special committee recently did an in-depth review of the Administrative Office of Courts, the staff agency for the Judicial Council, and recommended structural changes to increase transparency and accountability.

"We have, as you know, some serious budget issues confronting everyone in the state, the branches of government and, of course, the judicial branch," Jahr said. "Simultaneously, we're doing in the judicial branch a healthy, public self-assessment process that was initiated by our chief justice."

Jahr said he looked forward to being part of the effort to ensure the AOC has the "best and most effective" direction for providing customer service to the Judicial Council and the courts.

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye said she was "enormously pleased" Jahr had accepted the position.

"The depth of his experience in the judicial branch - as a trial court judge, as a presiding judge, and as a participant in statewide judicial branch initiatives - makes him an ideal choice," she said in a...

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